Premier League 2018-19: 7 reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must become the full-time manager of Manchester United
Since the departure of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, Manchester United have struggled to reach the same heights that they did under him. A big part of the problem has been the role of the manager; David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were quite ineffective at the helm.
Jose Mourinho was brought in as the 'special one', as a solution to the problems plaguing the team. The decision divided the fans, but they still hoped for the best.
Mourinho, however, ended up being a bigger problem than his predecessors. He made his big name signing, bringing back Paul Pogba to United, but the two were soon at loggerheads.
Mourinho's acerbic personality didn't exactly charm the team, and the players barely seemed excited to be playing on the field. In his first two seasons Mourinho somehow managed to ensure that United played the Champions League every season, but that came at a cost.
Manchester United looked dejected and desolate on the pitch this season under Mourinho. Things didn't look too great off the pitch as well, with reports suggesting a tiff between the manager and Pogba.
United looked more like a mid-table club than a top tier one. It was their worst start to the season in 28 years, and it looked unlikely that they would finish in a Champions League spot.
After a disastrous loss to Liverpool, a sulking Mourinho was finally given the pink slip by the club in December. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as the interim manager, and things suddenly started looking up.
Manchester United are unbeaten in the 10 games since. The swagger is back, and the players seem to be enjoying the game. The team hardly looks the same as it did under Mourinho, despite no major additions to the side in the January transfer window.
The change in the team's performance has bought much delight to the fans, with many demanding that Solskjaer be give the top job full-time.
Here, we look at a multitude of reasons why Solskjaer must be appointed full-time:
1. He has worn the Manchester United Shirt
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a former Mancunian and knows the value of wearing the Red Devils' logo every time one steps on the pitch. He was the legendary super-sub in his time, and has delivered some unreal performances at the club.
He scored a dramatic stoppage time (or is it Fergie time?) winner against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League in 1999, and netted as many as 4 goals after coming on as a substitute (vs Nottingham Forest). He is someone who has been there, done that. And has remained very humble and loyal while doing so.
As a manager, Solskjaer is a role model for anyone playing at the club. His exploits as a player will only inspire the squad to greater heights.
Solskjaer can easily understand the pressures of playing for a club like United, and the glory that accompanies it.